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The Eleventh Portent

This month’s world boss was called Banshee Queen of Acheron; she wears a mixture of guardian culture armor and a few Turan-style pieces from the item shop. She spawns in the Wild Lands of Zelata, near the bridge that leads towards the Sanctum of Burning Souls (1205, 645); apparently there was another spawn location, in Thunder River near the Xibaluku entrance (920, 960), but very few people bothered going there since the Wild Lands location was so much more convenient — Funcom even added a new rez pad on the other side of that bridge; so I never went to the Thunder River spawn point myself.

This boss is preceded by a single green mob called Black Ring High-Necromancer; he does a summoning ritual which includes bones rising up from the ground — a cute animation that I haven’t seen before in the game. When the queen spawns, she says: “Blood… Blood… I thirst for living blood!” This phrase sounds familiar to me from somewhere, but I’m not sure where — perhaps from one of the bosses in Atzel’s Fortress. (Update: yes, it’s from Tainmic.)


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She does slashing damage on the aggro holder. Occasionally she cast Bleeding Wounds, which puts a slashing dot on one or more players (-5% slashing damage every 3 sec, for 30.5 sec). I’m not exactly sure who gets affected by this; IIRC she targets a random player during the cast, perhaps everyone near that player gets the dot as well. Every 35 sec or so, she casts Power from Pain, which puts a 1-second debuff of the same name on about 12 random players, and the boss gets a buff of the same name on herself (which immediately stacks up to 10 stacks). This seems to buff her damage considerably for a short time (about 10 sec); I occasionally saw unusually high ticks of the Bleeding Wounds dot in my combat log, and she occasionally did unusually strong slashing white hits, practically oneshots. There is also an attack called Mark of Pain, which seems to be a single-target hit for 3386 damage followed by a dot that does 4 ticks of 846 damage each; all of this is untyped damage, so it bypasses bubbles and mitigation; it was probably an anti-kiting mechanic. There is also a slashing attack called Consume Life, which seems to hit the aggro holder every 10 seconds; 2 sec afterwards, the boss gains a buff of the same name (this seems to be a health tap buff lasting around 5 sec).

In terms of loot, there’s nothing particularly new. Predictably, the boss drops Aquilonian regional items, e.g. lots of Mitra’s Blessed Ointment; of the social sets, I only saw Sanctum Atlantis and the two global sets (Shattered Colossus and Slayer’s). I also saw an Atlantean Spellbinder’s Tunic but not any other Aquilonian social armor (e.g. the Tarantian masks that we saw from the Black Dragon boss).

Mitra’s Blessed Ointment gives you a 5-minute particle effect that looks like a halo above your head. Here’s my PoM looking all saintly and innocent at the temple of Mitra in Old Tarantia 🙂


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There is of course also a new mini-pet, Banshee Queen, which I sadly didn’t manage to get despite lots of farming 😦

Here’s an overview of the loot I got on my guardian from this boss:

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
3

Bottled Spirits
5

Cowardice Remedy
5

Electric Boogie
3

Fermented Brain Juices
10

Mitra’s Blessed Ointment
10

Prayer Book
6

Ritual Knife
6

Sticky Fresh Blood
1

Void Essence
Food, potions, buffs
2

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
11

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
6

Kingsmight Ale
6

Elixirs (0 Guile, 2 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 0 Physical Might, 4 Precision)
2

Philtres (2 Constitution, 0 Strength)
2

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
3

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
11

Sanctum Atlantis set
4

Slayer’s set
10

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
1

Atlantean Spellbinder’s Tunic
4

Crown of Summer
2

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
16

T1 armor
17

T1 weapons (4 swords, 4 shields, 9 polearms)
8

T2 armor
9

T2 weapons (3 swords, 2 shields, 4 polearm)
AA urns
9

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
8

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
4

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
13

animal pets (2 Barachan Gulls, 2 Black Cobras, 1 Fire Salamander, 1 Frost Salamander, 1 Hippo Calf, 1 Topaz Komodo, 2 War Piglets, 3 Wolverine Kits)
7

dancing pets (1 Aquilonian male, 1 Aquilonian female, 1 Khitan male, 1 Khitan female, 1 Stygian male, 2 Stygian females)
Purple caches
3

Slayer’s Cache of the Banshee Queen (purple cache)

And an overview of purple caches from all bosses so far, on all of my characters:

Boss Total
no. of
kills
# purple caches Drops from purple caches
from
blue
direct total Simple
Relics
Urns Rare
Relics
Pets

Gear
Dragon

185

6

2

8

7 (29)

0

0

1

0
Yeti

61

3

2

5

4 (15)

0

0

1

0
Basilisk

141

4

2

6

2 (7)

2

0

2

0
Serp. Man

78

3

6

9

7 (25)

0

0

1

0
Thrice Dr.

236

1

12

13

8 (31)

4

0

0

1
Ice Worm

191

1

9

10

8 (33)

0

0

1

1
Nergal

91

0

4

4

2 (7)

1

0

1

0
Leviathus

161

1

5

6

5 (20)

1

0

0

0
Execut.

122

0

6

6

4 (15)

0

0

2

0
Lurker

151

4

5

9

6 (29)

1

0

1

1
B. Queen

220

3

5

8

4 (15)

3

1

0

0

This boss was the first one where I got a rare relic — after a total of a little over 1500 world boss kills! I guess this tells us something about the drop rates…


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